It’s comedy all the way as John Byrne takes in the 100th episode of Modern Family, the return of Stewart Lee, and a couple of US cable comedies.
Reviewed: Modern Family (Monday, Sky 1); Girls (Monday, Sky Atlantic); Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (Saturday, BBC Two); Nurse Jackie (Tuesday, RTÉ Two)
Comedy’s a tough one as it’s more personal than music or even politics. For some, Mrs Brown’s Boys is the funniest thing ever to hit the telly world, while others can’t stand it. Ditto Monty Python, and I am personally flummoxed when anyone says ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Mar 01 - Fri 07)
The Oscars is the obvious attraction – but there’s a lot of new and returning shows on offer this week as well as farewells to Quirke, Fleming and Death in Paradise.
Pick of the week
The 86th Annual Academy Awards, Sunday/Monday, Sky Movies Oscars
It’s the ultimate star-studded night out as the Academy Awards turns a quarter-mile of the otherwise grubby Hollywood Boulevard into one big red carpet area. The 86th awards takes place in its latter-day home, the Dolby (nee Kodak ...
New cool US drama True Detective is on the radar, as is the blood-soaked thriller The Following – while the light relief is provided by tea-time telly titans Ant and Dec
Reviewed: True Detective (Saturday, Sky Atlantic): The Following (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic); Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (Saturday, UTV/TV3)
Still haven’t got around to House of Cards season two, but I have at least caught up with The Following (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic) after a binge session last Sunday evening. I'm not sure that’s a good thing, but I'm more convinced than ever before that ...
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Feb 22 - Fri 28).
It's drama all the way as John Byrne sets his sights on a mix of British and American, as well as old and new - including Sky Atlantic's latest, Fleming.
John Byrne's line of vision this week includes US shows Girls, Parenthood and The Middle, as well as British period drama Mr Selfridge.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Feb 1 - Fri 7)
John Byrne checks out three brand new American imports as well the return of soapy US drama Revenge and BBC travel show Italy Unpacked.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Sat Jan 11 - Fri 17)